WE DID IT!

NASHVILLE-- Asked for his feelings while standing on the stage and helping to accept the 2008 Music City Bowl Championship trophy, Bradley Vierling replied, "We did it!". Indeed, the 2008 Vanderbilt Commodores finally got it done after 26 years without a winning record and 53 years without a bowl victory.

In typical Vanderbilt 2008 fashion, the Commodores knocked off a favored and ranked Boston College team in front of a huge throng of Black and Gold clad fans, 16-14.

After Boston College took the lead, 14-13, on a Dominique Davis 55-yard scoring pass to Colin Larmond, Vanderbilt took advantage of two costly personal fouls on the Eagles and drove to the BC 28. Senior Bryant Hahnfeldt, who had kicked two field goals in the first half, then connected on his third field goal of the day to put Vanderbilt up for good, 16-14.

Although Boston College outgained Vanderbilt by 150 yards and the Eagles limited the Commodores to just one third down conversion, it was the three Hahnfeldt field goals and three costly Eagle turnovers that made the difference in the game.

Vanderbilt is now 2-1-1 all-time in bowls. The seven wins are the most since 1982 when the team finished 8-4 but lost in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham to Air Force. Vandy's last bowl win was a 25-13 win in the 1955 Gator Bowl over Auburn.

Stay tuned for more on this historic Commodore win on VandyMania.com.

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